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Balance with COPD Research

A number of Breathe Easy Darlington members are assisting with a major piece of research lead by the University of Teesside. The  research project aims to help people with COPD to improve their balance. Other aspects of living with a chronic lung disease will be taken into account including effects of exacerbations, such as concentration and confusion.

Headed up by Samantha Harrison PhD MCSP, Professor in Respiratory Rehabilitation and funded by an Advanced Fellowship grant from the National Institute for Health Research, the research project is expected to take five years. Prof. Harrison is ably assisted by other academics from Teesside University (Drs. Sophie Surie and Kirsti Loughran), clinicians from North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as academics from Newcastle, Northumbria and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. 

On 26th September 12 Breathe Easy Darlington took part in an experimental session of Walking 5 a side Football at the Queens Campus at Teesside University at Thornaby. Great Fun, exhausting!! All agreed we must do it again.